Kathmandu, February 27
Police arrested Surya Bhujel, 40, from Kalanki yesterday in connection with the Nakhhu blast in which one person was killed and two others were injured on Friday.
Metropolitan Police Range, Lalitpur, said it was preparing to charge Bhujel with murder and attempt to murder.
According to police, Bhujel is a member of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal and had once served as Chand’s bodyguard. Bhujal, if found guilty, may face up to 25 years imprisonment, along with confiscation of all his property.
According to a source at Metropolitan Police Crime Division, Teku, Bhujel was one of the eight persons who had placed the bomb at the gate of Ncell office at Nakkhu. The source also said that although Bhujel has denied his involvement in the blast, police had multiple proofs of his involvement in the crime. Footage from CCTV cameras placed by Ncell in the area shows that a group of eight people had planted the bomb.
Police said they suspect involvement of additional 12 people in the bombing.
Special Bureau and Metropolitan Police Crime Division of Nepal Police had jointly undertaken the investigation into the bombing.
Meanwhile, police have extended the detention of six persons, who were arrested on the same night by Metropolitan Police Range, Lalitpur. Senior Superintendent of Police Rabindra Dhanuk said, “Since we have identified some of the people involved in the blast, we are confident that others would be nabbed soon.”
According to Senior Superintendent of Police Uttam Raj Subedi police have intensified their investigation to arrest others involved in the bombing. Police have so far arrested 32 cadres of Chand-led CPN in connection with the bombing and torching of Ncell towers throughout the country.
A version of this article appears in print on February 28, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.